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Truly disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-20

Where Mr Nuland relied on his own depth of knowledge and experience to write “How We Die”, here his book is more a high school level of google research. He relies completely on other books: from Percy Shelley to a Rabbi to Patricia Neal’s autobiography. The book therefore has no soul, no substance. It is a book report of others’ thoughts. Perhaps he was chased by his publishers to write another book. Instead of relying on his own knowledge and experience he chose to take a short cut. His name convinced me to buy this book which was a mistake. What a total waste of time.

Good, funny

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-20

Performance is excellent especially Roger Allam. The therapy sessions are interesting making you want to hang in there. It’s laugh out funny in part. The female patient Caroline is irritating, making one want to skip over her sessions. There’s a lot of repetition in the last ten chapters or so. Overall I’m pleased I bought this and I listened to it all.

In and Out of the Kitchen, Series 1, 2, and 3 cover art

Most enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-20

It’s an easy listen. Interesting story lines and great performances. Not challenging nor stressful. Easy. Something to listen to, forget for a few days and take up again.

Perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-20

I wish there were more series of this written. This has been one of the most pleasurable listens of my life.
No stress, just good plots in each episode and excellent characters one cares about. The performance of each actor is compelling. The whole experience superb.

Dry as dust

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

This could have been a fascinatingly informative account of a potentially important subject. If you think back to childhood and the worst text book you ever had to study, Life 3.0 is as bad if not worse.
Jargon. Dry. Repetitive. The poorest use of the English language.

Interesting but inconclusive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-20

The story captures the imagination in the first half of the book then becomes slow going. I recall reading Fatherland by Harris when it was first published. I was so keen to buy the book because of the premise. However it disappointed me in that it ended up being like many in its spy mystery genre. I feel the same about the Second Sleep - the premise is exciting but the body of the work is slow going. The ending is inconclusive almost as if the author just decided to stop. So overall worth a listen but disappointing.

Disappointing, superficial, waste of time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-20

Rushed, put together list of anecdotes for a quick buck perhaps? Just a string of unfunny bizarre and more bizarre so called incidents on the ward. No connection. Thankfully it’s v short otherwise I’d have stopped after giving up the first time. I hung in there because I was on a long walk and listened to the one and only book I’d remembered to download from my new audible purchases.

There are other immensely more interesting doctors who have chosen to write such as Henry Marsh and Sherwin Nuland. Now they inspire as well as fascinate and amuse.

Verbal diarrhoea

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-19

This author describes everything - fixtures and fittings included - does she get paid by the page? The story would be far better told in a quarter of the pages used. I tried very hard. There were so many irrelevancies clogging up the story that I had to soldier on. In the end, half way through, I decided life is too brief to waste it on an indigestible book. I listened to the final two chapters and realised I had not missed a thing. All too predictable. Indeed it could have been any of the key characters. Just a conclusion with no seamless plot line.

Agatha Christie RIP. None of these pretenders will ever touch you.

Most enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-19

I liked listening to these wonderfully familiar plays and was both surprised and thrilled that the book included Noel Coward's diaries. It was fascinating to hear his thoughts on society during his lifetime.

Boring, predictable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-19

I tried hard but could not get beyond the first few chapters. All the usual cliches. Mawkish. Boring, boring and boring.